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Title inspired by PixelTerror's recent offering. View of Suzdal's kremlin and the Kamenka river, taken from behind the trading arcades about 1 hour before sunset. Cropped top a little. The gray sky gradually becoming white is a snowshower laden low cloud, not a result of blurring. Information from waytorussia.net:

FACTS. Suzdal is a small town in Vladimir region and is located 210 kilometers north east of Moscow..
There are 13 000 people living in Suzdal now.

IMPRESSION OF SUZDAL. A picturesque green town, where you can at the same time feel the russian country life and enjoy walks around fairy tale dome convents. Inside Suzdal the atmosphere is as if nothing had
changed since the nineteenth century, goats, chicken and cows graze freely next to the kremlin and monasteries, and on the grassy lanes.
The hilly green town, that looks more like a village, is very seducing, walking around is a pleasure, the monasteries offer dreaming views…
But of course as for the rest of Russia there are stricking contrasts: you would await a village bakery, and village made cheese, but the soviet system still remains and, for example, the only bread you'll find is made by the factory for Vladimir's area and is only sold in food shops. Also the small picturesque village seems to live in the ancient way only in the center: the outskirts are built with high concrete buildings.
The peaceful and inviting appearance of the town center certainely remained because of its touristic vocation: next to each monastery you'll see stalls with russian souvenirs for tourists, accomodation and most of the restaurants are quite expensive for such a small place.
But even seeing the place as it is, it's very nice to enjoy the green and calm place, to walk around its beautiful monastaries, or the Kamenska river. You can eat for cheap where the locals go, and camp for free anywhere you feel like next many monasteries or the Kremlin.
Suzdal is, perhaps, one of the most interesting and rewarding stop along the Golden Ring, as it'll give you the feeling of the countryside (especially, after the busy Moscow), there you can enjoy the ancient Russian architecture, and marvelous views.

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